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Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti

Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program

Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti

Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Duke Children's Primary Care and the Medical Director of Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program. She serves as the physician course director for Healthy Eating in Practice.


The Healthy Lifestyles program seeks to address weight-related health problems for children by offering caring providers, family-centered treatment programs, highly trained educators and researchers, and strong community partnerships. Healthy Lifestyles serves patients from every county in North Carolina, several nearby states, and even some international patients. It is the only accredited program in North Carolina to offer adolescent weight loss surgery. To help its patients stay active and have fun, Healthy Lifestyles offers Bull City Fit, an exciting community-based wellness program run in partnership with the City of Durham.

Dr. Maradiaga is a graduate of Yale University and received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency at University of California, San Francisco and joined the faculty at Duke Children’s in 2009. She has been co-medical director for both the Duke and the Duke Regional newborn nurseries. Much of her work has focused on well baby care in both the hospital and clinic setting, including a special emphasis on improving breastfeeding practices.

Through her work in the newborn nursery and in clinic, major improvements have been made to support breastfeeding families at Duke Children’s Primary Care. She was part of the team that helped the Birthing Center at Duke achieve North Carolina Breastfeeding Friendly Designation.  She has also presented at many CME events locally and regionally on breastfeeding education. 

Dr. Maradiaga also enjoys reaching out to patients through social media, in both English and Spanish.